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Our Instructors

The Brandermill Aikido Club is pleased to offer martial art students  some of the finest Aikido instructors in the Richmond Virginia area. Our instructors are very friendly and approachable. We welcome you to come and visit a class and get to know them personally.


Christine Golden, Sensei – Dojo Cho


“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”

~Morihei Ueshiba

Golden Sensei began her study  of Aikido in 2007 and holds a Sandan in Suenaka-Ha Tetsugaku-Ho Aikido.  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University with a BS in Health and Movement Science. A practitioner of  Kodokan Judo, Jiujitsu, and Aikido— She is the Owner of Gym Inyo LLC and has a passion for training and personal development.

James Golden, Sensei – Chief Instructor

Aikido was not what I expected when I visited my first class in 1991, nor did I ever think I would still be practicing 20 years later.  I have found the martial and philosophical aspects of aikido to be very useful in my daily life.  The combination of movement, striking, wrist locks, throws and extension of energy provides the tools needed for successful self-defense. The Ki Development methods promote unification of mind and body which has many benefits beyond the execution of aikido techniques. Aikido training allows us to briefly leave behind daily distractions and focus on developing our true selves and our relationships with others.

Sensei Golden holds a shodan in Suenaka-Ha Tetsugaku-Ho Aikido as well as a shodan in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido. He is ranked Jokyu in Ki Development (Unification of Mind and Body). Sensei Golden also has experience in the study Tae Kwon Do, Tai Chi and Karate Jutsu.




Shihan Jerome Legions – Regional Shihan “Master Instructor”

(Ashland Aikido Dojo Location)

Brandermill Aikido Club is fortunate to have the Virginia Regional Shihan or “Master Instructor” live so close to Midlothian.  Shihan Jerome is the Dojo Cho of the Ashland Virginia dojo. Our students are able to attend his classes in addition to our normal class schedule.  We are also fortunate because having Shihan  so close enables us to have yearly testing at our dojo in Midlothian removing the need for extended travel in order to test students.  Shihan Jerome started studying Suenaka Ha Tetsugaku-Ho Aikido in 1993 at Aikido of Richmond  many years later, he is still studying this complex art.  He is currently ranked Godan or 5th degree black belt. He also has a background in Zen Judo and Kendo.